US 7442188 B2
An elongate elastic member is secured to a substrate to form an elastic composite. The elastic member extends along an elastic axis between a first location on the substrate and a second location on the substrate spaced longitudinally from the first location. At least a portion of the elastic axis is generally non-parallel to the longitudinal axis of the substrate. The elastic member crosses its elastic axis at least twice as it extends along the elastic axis, with the elastic member crossing itself at least once as it extends along the elastic axis. In another embodiment, the elastic member generally forms a wave pattern which defines a width of the securement path and has at least two different periods along the securement path. In yet another embodiment, the elastic member defines a continuous series of loops wherein each loop defines a closed portion having a generally tear-drop shape.
1. An elastic composite comprising:
a substrate having a longitudinal axis; and
an elongate elastic member secured to the substrate and extending generally longitudinally of the substrate along an elastic axis of said elastic member between a first location on the substrate and a second location on the substrate spaced longitudinally from the first location, at least a portion of the elastic axis being generally non-parallel to the longitudinal axis of the substrate, the elastic member crossing its elastic axis at least twice as it extends along said elastic axis, said elastic member crossing itself at least once as it extends along said elastic axis.
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This application is a continuation-in-part patent application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/029,375 entitled Elastic Composites for Garments, which was filed on Dec. 20, 2001 and is fully incorporated herein by reference.
The having elastic composites therein, and more particularly to elastic composites formed integrally with such garments, or formed separately from such garments and secured therein, to provide an elastic component to such garments.
Garments such as conventional clothing items and disposable absorbent articles often have elastic composites formed or incorporated therein which permit stretching and provide retractive forces to certain portions of the garment to provide a snug but comfortable fit for the wearer. Elastic composites also allow the garment to fit a greater range of wearer sizes. To form the elastic composite, one or more elastic members, such as strands of elastic material, are typically secured to a substrate, such as a layer of the garment material, while in a stretched condition to thereafter apply a retractive force to the substrate for gathering the substrate. The elastic composite may also be formed by securing one or more elastic members to a substrate separate from the garment, such as in the form of a strip, or ribbon. The elastic composite is then secured to the garment to incorporate the elastic composite therein.
Children's toilet training pants are one example of a garment which may incorporate elastic composites. Training pants, which serve as a disposable training aid as a child transitions from diapers to underpants, are three-dimensional articles similar to underpants in appearance but constructed with a liquid permeable inner layer and an absorbent body to provide the absorbent function of a disposable absorbent article. Elastic members in the form of elastic strands are secured within the toilet training pants at the leg openings and sometimes in other areas of the training pants such as at the waist opening and along containment flaps (if present) of the pants. The strands are adhered to a layer, or more typically between two layers, of the training pants, such as along the sides of the training pants adjacent the leg openings. The strands are typically secured within the pants while in an elongated or stretched condition (e.g., in tension) so that the retractive force of the strands gathers the pants at the leg openings to provide a snug fit around the wearer's legs.
However, despite the benefits of forming or incorporating elastic composites into garments, there continues to be a need for improvements in the formation of such elastic composites. For example, there continues to be a need for increasing the comfort of such garments against the wearer's skin and for making a more efficient use of elastic members in disposable absorbent articles to thereby decrease the cost of manufacturing such articles.
In general, one embodiment of an elastic composite comprises a substrate having a longitudinal axis. An elongate elastic member is secured to the substrate and extends along an elastic axis of the elastic member between a first location on the substrate and a second location on the substrate spaced longitudinally from the first location. At least a portion of the elastic axis is generally non-parallel to the longitudinal axis of the substrate. The elastic member crosses its elastic axis at least twice as it extends along the elastic axis, with the elastic member crossing itself at least once as it extends along the elastic axis.
In another embodiment, the elastic composite generally comprises a substrate and an elastic member secured to the substrate and extending along a securement path between a first location on the substrate and a second location on the substrate spaced longitudinally from the first location. The elastic member generally forms a wave pattern which defines a width of the securement path. The wave pattern has at least two different periods along the securement path.
In yet another embodiment, the elastic composite generally comprises a substrate and an elastic member secured to the substrate and extending along a securement path between a first location on the substrate and a second location on the substrate. The elastic member defines a continuous series of loops wherein each loop defines a closed portion having a generally tear-drop shape.
In still another embodiment, the elastic composite generally comprises a substrate having end regions and a central region extending therebetween. A first elastic member is secured to the substrate and extends along a first path defining a first wave pattern within the central region and at least one of the end regions. A second elastic member, discrete from the first elastic member, is secured to the substrate and extends along a second path in spaced relationship with the first elastic member within the central region and the at least one of the end regions. The second path defines a second wave pattern, with the spacing between the first and second paths in the at least one end region being substantially less than the spacing between the first and second paths in the central region of the substrate.
In general, one embodiment of a disposable absorbent article of the present invention has a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis and comprises a liner adapted for contiguous relationship with the wearer's skin, an outer cover, and an absorbent body between the liner and the outer cover for absorbing liquid body waste. A first elastic member is secured within the article and extends generally longitudinally along a first elastic axis. A second elastic member is secured within the article and extends generally longitudinally along a second elastic axis. The second elastic member is in generally laterally spaced relationship with the first elastic member. A third elastic member is secured within the article and extends generally longitudinally along a third elastic axis, at least a portion of which is laterally between the first and second elastic axes. The third elastic member defines a wave pattern in which the elastic member crosses the third elastic axis multiple times substantially along the entire third elastic axis.
Corresponding reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the drawings.
Within the context of this specification, each term or phrase below will include the following meaning or meanings:
(a) “Bicomponent Fibers” refers to fibers that have been formed from at least two polymers extruded from separate extruders but spun together to form one fiber. Bicomponent fibers are also sometimes referred to as multicomponent or conjugate fibers. The polymers are usually, but not necessarily, different from each other. The polymers are arranged in substantially constantly positioned distinct zones across the length of the bicomponent fibers. The configuration of such a bicomponent fiber may be, for example, a sheath/core arrangement wherein one polymer is surrounded by another or may be a side-by-side arrangement, a pie arrangement or an “islands-in-the-sea” arrangement. Bicomponent fibers are taught in U.S. Pat. No. 5,108,820 to Kaneko et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 4,795,668 to Krueger et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 5,540,992 to Marcher et al.; and U.S. Pat. No. 5,336,552 to Strack et al.
(b) “Bonded” refers to the joining, adhering, connecting, attaching, or the like, of two elements. Two elements will be considered to be bonded together when they are bonded directly to one another or indirectly to one another, such as when each is directly bonded to intermediate elements.
(c) “Bonded-Carded” refers to webs that are made from fibers which are sent through a combing or carding unit, which separates or breaks apart and aligns the fibers in the machine direction to form a generally machine direction-oriented fibrous non-woven web. This material may be bonded together by methods that include point bonding, through air bonding, ultrasonic bonding, adhesive bonding or other suitable bonding technique.
(d) “Elastic, elasticized and elasticity” mean that property of a material or composite by virtue of which it tends to recover its original size and shape after removal of a force causing a deformation.
(e) “Elastomeric” refers to a material or composite which can be elongated by at least 25 percent of its relaxed length and which will recover, upon release of the applied force, at least 10 percent of its elongation. It is generally desired that the elastomeric material or composite be capable of being elongated by at least 100 percent, more preferably by at least 300 percent, of its relaxed length and recover, upon release of an applied force, at least 50 percent of its elongation.
(f) “Film” refers to a thermoplastic film made using a film extrusion and/or foaming process, such as a cast film or blown film extrusion process. The term includes apertured films, slit films, and other porous films which constitute liquid transfer films, as well as films which do not transfer liquid.
(g) “Hydrophilic” describes fibers or the surfaces of fibers which are wetted by aqueous liquids in contact with the fibers. The degree of wetting of the materials can, in turn, be described in terms of the contact angles and the surface tensions of the liquids and materials involved. Equipment and techniques suitable for measuring the wettability of particular fiber materials or blends of fiber materials can be provided by a Cahn SFA-222 Surface Force Analyzer System, or a substantially equivalent system. When measured with this system, fibers having contact angles less than 90 degrees are designated “wettable” or hydrophilic, and fibers having contact angles greater than 90 degrees are designated “nonwettable” or hydrophobic.
(h) “Layer” when used in the singular can have the dual meaning of a single element or a plurality of elements.
(i) “Liquid impermeable” when used in describing a layer or multi-layer laminate means that liquid body waste, such as urine, will not pass through the layer or laminate, under ordinary use conditions, in a direction generally perpendicular to the plane of the layer or laminate at the point of liquid contact.
(j) “Liquid permeable” refers to any material that is not liquid impermeable.
(k) “Meltblown” refers to fibers formed by extruding a molten thermoplastic material through a plurality of fine, usually circular, die capillaries as molten threads or filaments into converging high velocity heated gas (e.g., air) streams which attenuate the filaments of molten thermoplastic material to reduce their diameters. Thereafter, the meltblown fibers are carried by the high velocity gas stream and are deposited on a collecting surface to form a web of randomly dispersed meltblown fibers. Such a process is disclosed, for example, in U.S. Pat. No. 3,849,241 to Butin et al, which is incorporated herein by reference. Meltblown fibers are microfibers which may be continuous or discontinuous, are generally smaller than about 0.6 denier, and are generally self bonding when deposited onto a collecting surface. Meltblown fibers used in the present invention are preferably substantially continuous in length.
(l) “Non-woven” and “non-woven web” refer to materials and webs of material which are formed without the aid of a textile weaving or knitting process. The web has a structure of individual fibers or threads which are interlaid, but not in an identifiable manner as in a knitted fabric. Non-woven fabrics or webs have been formed from many processes such as, for example, meltblowing processes, spunbonding processes, and bonded-carded processes.
(m) “Pliable” refers to materials which are compliant and which will readily conform to the general shape and contours of the wearer's body.
(n) “Spunbond” refers to small diameter fibers which are formed by extruding molten thermoplastic material as filaments from a plurality of fine capillaries of a spinnerette having a circular or other configuration, with the diameter of the extruded filaments then being rapidly reduced by a conventional process such as that described in U.S. Pat. No. 4,340,563 to Appel et al., U.S. Pat. No. 3,692,618 to Dorschner et al., U.S. Pat. No. 3,802,817 to Matsuki et al., U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,338,992 and 3,341,394 to Kinney, U.S. Pat. No. 3,502,763 to Hartmann, U.S. Pat. No. 3,502,538 to Peterson, and U.S. Pat. No. 3,542,615 to Dobo et al., each of which is incorporated herein in its entirety by reference. Spunbond fibers are generally continuous and often have average deniers larger than about 0.3, more particularly, between about 0.6 and about 10.
(o) “Superabsorbent” refers to a water-swellable, water-insoluble organic or inorganic material capable, under the most favorable conditions, of absorbing at least about 15 times its weight and, more desirably, at least about 30 times its weight in an aqueous solution containing 0.9 weight percent sodium chloride. The superabsorbent materials can be natural, synthetic and modified natural polymers and materials. In addition, the superabsorbent materials can be inorganic materials, such as silica gels, or organic compounds such as cross-linked polymers.
(p) “Thermoplastic” describes a material which softens when exposed to heat and which substantially returns to a non-softened condition when cooled to room temperature.
(q) “Three dimensional” refers to a garment similar to underwear, shorts or pants in that it has continuous leg and waist openings that are bounded by material of which the garment is made. The garment may or may not have manually tearable seams.
Referring now to the drawings and in particular to
By way of illustration only, various materials and methods for constructing training pants 21 are disclosed in PCT Patent Application WO 00/37009 published Jun. 29, 2000 by A. Fletcher et al; U.S. Pat. No. 4,940,464 issued Jul. 10, 1990 to Van Gompel et al.; and U.S. Pat. No. 5,766,389 issued Jun. 16, 1998 to Brandon et al., which are incorporated herein by reference.
The pair of training pants 21 of the illustrated embodiment has a longitudinal axis X and a lateral axis Y as indicated in
To form the three-dimensional training pants 21 shown in
With reference to
The liquid permeable outer layer 55 of the outer cover 49 can be any suitable material and is desirably one which provides a generally cloth-like texture. One example of such a material is a 20 gsm (grams per square meter) spunbond polypropylene non-woven web. The outer layer 55 may also be constructed of the same materials from which the bodyside liner 51 is constructed as described later herein. Also, while it is not a necessity for the outer layer 55 of the outer cover 49 to be liquid permeable, it is desired that it provide a relatively cloth-like texture to the wearer.
The liquid impermeable inner layer 57 of the outer cover 49 can be either vapor permeable (i.e., “breathable”) or vapor impermeable. The inner layer 57 is desirably manufactured from a thin thermoplastic or polymeric film, although other flexible liquid impermeable materials may also be used. The liquid impermeable inner layer 57 (or the liquid impermeable outer cover 49 where the outer cover is of a single-layer construction) inhibits liquid body waste from leaking out of the pants and wetting articles, such as bed sheets and clothing, as well as the wearer and care giver.
Leg elastic members 61 are secured between the outer and inner layers 55, 57 of the outer cover 49, such as by being bonded to one or both layers by the laminate adhesive 59. Thus it will be seen that the outer and inner layers 55, 57 of the outer cover 49 each broadly define a substrate to which the elastic members 61 may be secured to broadly form an elastic composite of the present invention. It is understood that the leg elastic members 61 may be secured between the outer and inner layers 55, 57 of the outer cover 49 by adhesive (not shown) other than the laminate adhesive. It is also understood that the leg elastic members 61 may instead be secured between the outer cover 49 and the bodyside liner 51. In such a design, the leg elastic members 61 can be bonded to the outer cover 49, to the bodyside liner 51, or to both.
The elastic members 61 are desirably strands or threads of elastic material. As an example, one suitable elastic material from which the elastic members 61 may be constructed is a dry-spun coalesced multifilament elastomeric thread sold under the trade name LYCRA® and available from E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Wilmington, Del., U.S.A. However, as is well known to those skilled in the art, suitable elongate elastic members 61 also include sheets, ribbons of natural rubber, synthetic rubber, or thermoplastic elastomeric polymers. The leg elastic members 61 are desirably secured between the outer and inner layers 55, 57 of the outer cover 49 while in a stretched (e.g., elastically contractible) condition such that retractive forces of the elastic members gather the training pants at the leg openings 47 to provide a snug fit around the wearer's legs. The elastic members 61 may also be colored to provide an aesthetic appearance to the pants 21.
With reference to
The securement path 63 as used herein refers to a path along which one or more closely spaced elastic members 61 are adhered to a substrate. For example, as seen best in
Where only one elastic member 61 is applied to a substrate (e.g., as shown in
The elastic axes 62 and securement paths 63 defined by the elastic members 61 of the illustrated embodiment of
Each leg elastic member 61 shown in
In the illustrated embodiment, the amplitude A and period T of the periodic wave pattern formed by each elastic member 61 are such that the composite formed by the elastic member and the substrate to which it is bonded, e.g., the outer and inner layers 55, 57 of the outer cover 49, is more stretchable in the direction of the securement path 63 (e.g, generally tangential to the securement path) than in a generally transverse direction relative to the securement path. For example, a slope S defined by the change in the transverse position of each elastic member 61 relative to its elastic axis is desirably between about −1 and about 1. However, it is contemplated that the slope S may be greater than 1, or less than −1, and/or that the composite incorporating the elastic member is as stretchable, or more stretchable, in the transverse direction relative to the elastic axis without departing from the scope of this invention.
The elastic members 61 shown in
It is contemplated that where two or more elastic members 61 define the securement path 63, the pattern defined by one elastic member 61 may have a different amplitude and/or period than the pattern defined by one or more of the other elastic members, and that the elastic members may be more closely or distantly spaced relative to each other than as shown in the illustrated embodiments, without departing from the scope of this invention. It is also understood that where the securement path 63 is defined by more than one elastic member 61, one of the elastic members (and hence the elastic axis 62 thereof) may not extend the full length of the securement path 63.
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Alternatively, it is contemplated that one elastic member 61 may not be shifted relative to the other elastic member so that the closed portions 203 of the loops 201 formed by the elastic members cross each other repeatedly along the securement path 63 as shown in
By securing one or more elastic members 61 between the outer and inner layers 55, 57 of the outer cover 49 in a wave pattern within the securement path 63, the elastic members affect a substantially increased surface area of the outer cover in comparison to unpatterned elastic members (e.g., which are generally parallel to or otherwise co-linear with the securement path 63). As a result, the retractive forces of the elastic members 61 act against a greater surface area of the wearer's skin (i.e., a surface area roughly equal to the width of the securement path times its length), thereby increasing comfort to the wearer and reducing the risk that the elastic members will leave indentations or marks on the wearer. Also, because the elastic members 61 are spread over a wider surface area of the outer cover 49, a lesser number of elastic members may be needed to provide the desired fit of the pants 21 against the wearer's skin. For example, a pair of elastic members 61 formed in periodic wave patterns may replace three unpatterned elastic members.
Now referring back to
The bodyside liner 51 overlays the absorbent body 53 to isolate the wearer's skin from liquid body waste retained by the absorbent body and is secured to at least a portion of the absorbent body, such as by being bonded thereto with adhesive 87. The liner 51 further extends beyond the absorbent body 53 to overlay a portion of the inner layer 57 of the outer cover 49, particularly in the crotch region 27 of the pants 21, and is secured thereto, such as by being bonded thereto by adhesive 65, to substantially enclose the absorbent body between the outer cover and the liner about the periphery of the absorbent body. Although the bodyside liner 51 shown in
The bodyside liner 51 can be manufactured from a wide selection of web materials, such as synthetic fibers (e.g., polyester or polypropylene fibers), natural fibers (e.g., wood or cotton fibers), a combination of natural and synthetic fibers, porous foams, reticulated foams, apertured plastic films, or the like. Various woven and non-woven fabrics can be used for the bodyside liner 51. For example, the liner 51 can be composed of a meltblown or spunbonded web of polyolefin fibers. Alternatively, the liner 51 can be a bonded-carded web composed of natural and/or synthetic fibers. The bodyside liner 51 can also be composed of a substantially hydrophobic material, and the hydrophobic material can, optionally, be treated with a surfactant or otherwise processed to impart a desired level of wettability and hydrophilicity. For example, the material can be surface treated with about 0.45 weight percent of a surfactant mixture including AHCOVEL® N-62 available from Uniqema, Inc., a division of ICI of New Castle, Del., U.S.A, and GLUCOPON® 220UP available from Cognis Corporation of Ambler, Pa., U.S.A, in an active ratio of 3:1. The surfactant can be applied by any conventional means, such as spraying, printing, brush coating or the like. The surfactant can be applied to the entire liner 51 or it can be selectively applied to particular sections of the liner.
A particularly suitable bodyside liner 51 is constructed of a non-woven web having a basis weight of about 27 gsm. The non-woven web can be a spunbonded bicomponent web or a bonded-carded bicomponent web. Suitable bicomponent fibers include a polyethylene/polypropylene bicomponent fiber available from CHISSO Corporation, Osaka, Japan. In this particular bicomponent fiber, the polypropylene forms the core and the polyethylene forms the sheath of the fiber. Fibers having other orientations, such as multi-lobe, side-by-side, end-to-end may be used without departing from the scope of the invention. Also, although the outer cover 49 and bodyside liner 51 of the central absorbent assembly 23 can include elastomeric materials, it is contemplated that the central absorbent assembly may instead be generally inelastic, wherein the outer cover, the bodyside liner and the absorbent body 53 are composed of materials which are generally non-elastomeric.
The front and rear side panels 37, 39 of the training pants 21 may be bonded to the central absorbent assembly 23 at the respective anterior and posterior regions 25, 29 of the pants and extend out beyond the laterally opposite side edges 31 of the assembly. For example, the front side panels 37 of the illustrated embodiment are secured to the inner layer 57 (
Containment flaps, generally indicated at 91, are secured to the bodyside liner 51 in generally parallel, spaced relation with each other laterally inward of the leg openings 47 to provide a barrier against the flow of urine to the leg openings. The containment flaps 91 extend longitudinally from the anterior region 25 of the training pants 21, through the crotch region 27 to the posterior region 29 of the pants. Each containment flap 91 comprises a non-woven layer 93 and a film layer 95 secured to the non-woven layer, such as by being bonded thereto by adhesive 97. Flap elastic members 99 are secured by suitable adhesive 101 between the non-woven layer 93 and the film layer 95 generally at a distal end 103 of the flap 91, with the non-woven layer 93 being folded over the flap elastic members 99 and the film layer 95 at the distal end 103. The flap 91 is secured to the bodyside liner 51 by a seam of adhesive 107 to define a proximal end 109 of the flap.
The flap elastic members 99 of the illustrated embodiment comprise three individual strands of elastomeric material extending longitudinally along the distal end 103 of the flap 91 in generally parallel, spaced relation with each other. One suitable elastic strand is a LYCRA® T151 940 decitex elastic which can be obtained from E. I. du Pont de Nemours Co. of Wilmington, Del. The elastic strands are secured between the non-woven layer 93 and the film layer 95 while in an elastically contractible condition such that contraction of the strands gathers and shortens the distal end 103 of the containment flap 91. As a result, the elastic strands bias the distal end 103 of each flap 91 toward a position spaced from the proximal end 109 of the flap so that the flap extends away from the liner 51 in a generally upright orientation of the flap, especially in the crotch region 27 of the training pants 21, when the pants are fitted on the wearer. It is understood, however, that the containment flaps 91 may each be constructed from a single layer of either non-woven or film material, or they may even be omitted from the training pants 21, without departing from the scope of the invention.
The position of each central elastic member 371 varies transversely relative to its respective elastic axis 372 generally in a wave pattern to define a securement path (not shown, but substantially similar to the securement path 63 of
In the illustrated embodiment, the wave patterns defined by the central elastic members 371 are sinusoidal wave patterns having substantially uniform amplitudes and periods along the respective elastic axes. It is understood, however, that the central elastic members 371 may define one or more of the other wave patterns described previously, or they may define other suitable wave patterns, without departing from the scope of this invention. It is also understood that more than one securement path may be defined by two or more central elastic members 371, for example at least two of the central elastic members may be out of closely spaced relationship with each other and extend longitudinally within the training pants 321 generally laterally intermediate the leg elastic members. It is also contemplated that the wave pattern defined by each central elastic member 371 may have two or more different periods as it extends along different segments of its elastic axis 372. Also, the central elastic members 371 shown in
The central elastic members 371 are desirably secured within the pants 321, such as between the outer and inner layers of the outer cover, while in a stretched (e.g., elastically contractible) condition such that retractive forces of the elastic members substantially inhibit expansion of the outer cover of the training pants as the weight of the absorbent body increases following absorption of urine therein. The central elastic members 371 also inhibit sagging of the training pants 321 in the crotch region 327 thereof as the weight of the absorbent body increases to thereby reduce the risk of leakage.
Now referring to
The position of each elastic member 461 varies transversely relative to its respective elastic axis 462 as it extends along the length of the elastic axis to generally define a wave pattern. For example, each elastic member 461 of the illustrated embodiment defines a periodic wave pattern, e.g., a sinusoidal wave pattern. The amplitude of the wave pattern defined by each elastic member 461 as it extends along its elastic axis 462 generally at the waist margins 473, 475 of the pants 421 is substantially greater than the amplitude of the wave pattern as the elastic member extends along its elastic axis generally through the crotch region 427 of the pants. The frequency of the wave pattern is also greater at the waist margins 473, 475 than in the crotch region 427 of the pants 421. It is contemplated that the elastic members 461 may define any of the wave patterns described previously or it may define other suitable wave patterns without departing from the scope of this invention.
The elastic members 461 extending along their respective elastic axes 462 at the waist margins 473, 475 of the training pants 421 thus extend generally laterally (e.g., in a cross-wise direction) toward the longitudinal axis X of the pants into closely spaced relationship with each other to provide elastic properties similar to that of conventional waist elastics. Extension of the elastic members 461 along their respective elastic axes 462 through the crotch region 427 of the pants 421 provides elastic properties similar to the leg elastic members 61 described previously. Thus it will be seen that the elastic members 461 shown in
While the elastic composite constructed in accordance with the present invention is shown and described above with particular reference to children's toilet training pants 21, and more specifically to the leg elastics and waist elastics of children's toilet training pants, it is understood that the elastic composite as referred to herein comprises any composite in which an elongate elastic member 61, 361, 461 is applied to a flexible substrate, or between two such substrates, to provide retractive or stretching forces to the substrate in accordance with the present invention.
The substrate may be a film, woven fabric, knit fabric or non-woven fabric. Such fabrics may be of natural or synthetic fibers such as cotton, wool, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene, or the like. The film may be of polyethylene, polyester, polyflourocarbons, polyimide, polypropylene, or the like. For example, the flap elastic members 99 of the training pants 21 of
The substrate may also be a generally continuous web, such as for forming multiple individual garments such as training pants whereby the web is cut into individual garments after the elastic members are secured to the web. In such an embodiment, the elastic axis of each elastic member may define a pattern which is repeated once for each individual garment to be cut from the web.
It is contemplated that the elastic composite of the present invention may be formed or incorporated in various other garments. For example, other disposable absorbent articles, such as diapers and other infant and child care products, adult incontinence garments and other adult care products, sanitary napkins and other feminine care products and the like, as well as surgical bandages and sponges, may have one or more elastic members secured to one or more layers thereof in accordance with the present invention. Conventional garments such as pants, socks, shirts, hats, coats and the like may also have one or more elastic members secured to one or more layers thereof in accordance with the present invention.
Alternatively, as shown in
The elastic composite 521 shown in
When introducing elements of the present invention or the preferred embodiment(s) thereof, the articles “a”, “an”, “the” and “said” are intended to mean that there are one or more of the elements. The terms “comprising”, “including” and “having” are intended to be inclusive and mean that there may be additional elements other than the listed elements.
As various changes could be made in the above constructions without departing from the scope of the invention, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.